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Two Mythological Birds
The Gandaberunda is a giant two-headed bird from Hindu mythology. The animal is described as possessing immense magical strength. Depictions of the Gandaberunda often show the bird carrying a full-grown elephant in each of its two beaks.
The Byangoma, from Bengali mythology, is a fortune-telling bird known for only helping those it deems worthy. Every person is said to experience the Byangoma's fortune-telling differently: Some claim to hear a voice, others receive visions. The most common experience is, upon hearing the bird's song, to suddenly have an intuition about a future event.
Two Mythological Birds was written for the incredible Clara Kim in the summer and fall of 2012.
Performance History -
Clara Kim, violin; Recontres Franco Américane de Musique de Chambre
August 15, 2013; Nantes, France
Clara Kim, violin; Permaculture Dance Project - Matthew Nelson Residency
February 9,2013; Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Clara Kim, violin; USC Thornton Fall 2012 Composers' Showcase
November 11, 2012; USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA
Clara Kim, violin; Music@Noon
October 3, 2012; USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA
Clara Kim, violin; Jordan Nelson's D.M.A. Composition Recital
September 29, 2012; USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA
Clara Kim, violin